The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained

The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained

by Whitley Strieber, Jeffrey J. Kripal


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The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained by Whitley Strieber, Jeffrey J. Kripal

Two of today's maverick authors on anomalous experience present a perception-altering and intellectually thrilling analysis of why the paranormal is real, but radically different from what is conventionally

Whitley Strieber (Communion) and Jeffrey J. Kripal (J. Newton Rayzor professor of religion at Rice University) team up on this unprecedented and intellectually vibrant new framing of inexplicable events and experiences.

Rather than merely document the anomalous, these authors--one the man who popularized alien abduction and the other a renowned scholar and "renegade advocate for including the paranormal in religious studies" (The New York Times)--deliver a fast-paced and exhilarating study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction but a vital and authentic aspect of life.

Their suggestion? That all kinds of "impossible" things, from extra-dimensional beings to bilocation to bumps in the night, are not impossible at all: rather,  they are a part of our natural world. But this natural world is immeasurably more weird, more wonderful, and probably more populated than we have so far imagined with our current categories and cultures, which are what really make these things seem "impossible."

The Super Natural considers that the natural world is actually a "super natural world"--and all we have to do to see this is to change the lenses through which we are looking at it and the languages through which we are presently limiting it. In short: The extraordinary exists if we know how to look at and think about it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101982327
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,251,794
Product dimensions: 10.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

WHITLEY STRIEBER is one of today's most influential and bestselling authors of both science fiction and extraordinary fact. He is best known for his groundbreaking memoir Communion, which popularized the alien-abduction thesis, as well as his many bestselling novels, such as The Wolfen and The Hunger. These and other of Strieber's books have formed the basis for many popular movies, including The Day After Tomorrow.

JEFFREY J. KRIPAL is the J. Newton Rayzor professor of religion at Rice University. He is the author of six books, including Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion, Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred, and Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal.

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Table of Contents

1 The Already World 1

2 Into the Woods 21

3 Making the Cut 39

4 The Blue Man Group-the Other One 57

5 A Context in the Sky 79

6 Lying in the Lap of the Goddess 96

7 What Evolution Looks Like 111

8 Pain 130

9 Super Sexualities 150

10 Physical Traces and the Feral Boy 174

11 The Magical Object 189

12 Cracking the Cosmic Egg 206

13 Trauma, Trance, and Transcendence 218

14 Haunted 234

15 The Soul Is a UFO 262

16 Mythmaking 282

17 The Mythical Object 303

18 Shifting the Conversation 320

Appendix: "An Approximation to Realness or Final Awakening": Or How to Make the Supernatural Super Natural in Nine Steps 339

Entirely Natural Notes 343

Index 357

About the Authors 367

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